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VANCOUVER

Vancouver, the host city of Winter Olympics 2010, is my new home town.  As I was driving home yesterday, I saw people on the streets taking pictures of this beautiful city.  It inspired me to show you some amazing photos of the city found on flickr – a picture is worth a thousand words.

Vancouver Skyline

 

Canada Place

Stanley Park Seawall

 

Vancouver Yacht Club

Vancouver Art Gallery (Taiwanese artist Micheal Lin painted this massive mural of peonies)

Science World

Convention Centre

(Photos from flickr)

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BARBADOS

I had a great time in Barbados.  It is just a beautiful island – crystal blue water, white sand beach, friendly people, and delicious grilled fish.

While I was there, my girlfriends and I went to Prince Harry’s charity polo match – Sentabale Polo Cup raising money for children of Lesotho.  This was my first polo match – it was exciting, as was the people watching.

(Picture – Prince Harry in the lead)

Here are my amateur shots of a few stylish women at the match:

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HOTEL + ART

There has beeen an increasing trend of hotels getting invovled with art, showcasing local artists’ work.  The latest one that stands out is The Opposite House in Beijing.

The name, The Opposite House, is derived from a translation of a Chinese word, which describes the guest house sitting on the opposite side of a traditional courtyard style home.  The hotel’s 99 contemporary guest rooms are strikingly simple with natural wooden floors and subtle touches of Chinese décor.  It is designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and opened in 2008.

Through January to March 2010, The Opposite House will be showing two painting installations by Peng Wei, known for her delicate ink color paintings on silk and paper.  The first series, “Rock Garden,” is a series of rock images painted on transparent panels, creating an ethereal garden of vestiges of a scholarly past; and the second, “Bodies,” depicts the female form created from rice paper adorned with refined images imbued with aesthetic sensitivity.

Peng Wei’s exhibition is part of The Opposite House’s on-going quarterly presentations of contemporary Chinese works by young artists in addition to the hotel’s permanent collection of unique pieces by noted Asian artists,

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HOTEL ARMANI

Giorgio Armani has partnered with Mohamed Ali Alabbar of Emaar Hotel & Resorts LLC. to create a chain of hotels under the name of Armani Hotels and Resorts. This collection of exclusive hotels, resorts and residences bringing to life Giorgio Armani’s vision of stylish, harmonious environments for living.

The first Armani hotel is set to open in March 2010, located inside the iconic Buri Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, in Dubai.  The prestigious Armani Hotel Dubai will feature 160 guest rooms and suites, an Armani/SPA, a Private Members’ Club, five restaurants and a nightclub.  In addition, it will boast 144 one and two bedroom Armani Residences.  

More hotels are planned for Milan, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai and London.

Filed under: Design, Lifestyle

STRIPES FOR SLOPE

British fashion designer, Paul Smith, has recently applied his signature multi-color stripe in a collaborative effort with Austrian based ski manufacturer Edelwiser.  These Paul Smith skis will sure garner much attention as you solemn down the slopes.  Each pair is produced on-demand and individualized with the owners name.  $1300  

Lug your skis in style with the Paul Smith ski bag. Covered in canvas with a vintage ski print and accented with leather handles.  $490

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